The progesterone receptor (PR) is an important regulator of female reproduction. Consequently, PR modulators have found numerous pharmaceutical utilities in women's reproductive health. In the process of identifying more receptor-specific and tissue-selective PR modulators, we discovered a novel nonsteroidal, 6-aryl benzoxazinone compound, PRA-910, that displays unique in vitro and in vivo activities. In a PR/PRE reporter assay in COS-7 cells, PRA-910 shows potent PR antagonist activity with an IC50 value of approximately 20 nM. In the alkaline phosphatase assay in the human breast cancer cell line T47D, PRA-910 is a partial progesterone antagonist at low concentrations and is also an effective PR agonist at higher concentrations (EC50 value of approximately 700 nM). PRA-910 binds to the human PR with high affinity (Kd = 4 nM) and was previously shown to exhibit greater than 100-fold selectivity for the PR versus other steroid receptors. In the adult ovariectomized rat, PRA-910 is a potent PR antagonist. It inhibits progesterone-induced uterine decidual response with an ED50 value of 0.4 mg/kg, p.o., and reverses progesterone suppression of estradiol-induced complement C3 expression with potency similar to RU-486. In the nonhuman primate, however, PRA-910 is a PR agonist. The effect on endometrial histology strongly resembles that of progesterone. This unique compound also suppresses estradiol-induced epithelial cell proliferation and both estrogen and progesterone receptor expression in the uterine endometrium as a PR agonist would. In summary, PRA-910 is a structurally and biologically novel selective PR modulator with either PR agonist or antagonist activity, depending on context, concentration, and species.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Ernst Schering Foundation symposium proceedings|
|State||Published - 2007|
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